Dead or alive, no matter the weather on Sunday, we had decided: we go by tandem for training. And we were lucky: it rained! I say lucky because we had the chance to test our cycling, our equipment, our dog and our patience on rain. 55 km of which only about 40 only hills, in Switzerland. The conclusions are:
– Our waterproof jackets are not waterproof (I think this is the way it happens to you when you find designer clothes at second-hand and you’re glad you managed to do it a bit cheaper)
– The equipment that held up the better was brand equipment, first-hand (on sales, of course)
– Tic is the most understanding dog in the whole Universe! He sat quietly in his basket, raincoat tied under the jaw, rained ears, plus a red bag I put on him to protect him against the wind. Tic is the perfect dog for 30 days on tandem!
– those 55 km on the rain were felt as 100 km on the sun, muscles and nerves are hardly tried, but after each break of water and sandwiches we were a bit other people and when we got to where we wanted to go, we kept on joking and giggling. The conclusion: no matter how pickled you are as long as you are in good company.
– it’s bloody hard to stop and take pictures in the rain, all nature is against you
– long distance cycling is 20% physical and 80% mental effort, the books of touring say. We, in the rain, we experienced 80% physical and 80% mental effort, hahaha!
Alas, the rain did not stop a single moment! And we didn’t stop a moment, either. We pedaled and pedaled. Occasionally Andrei stretched a hand sidewise and squeezed the glove clenching the fist. Rainwater flowed just like from a small tap. We laughed, what else was to be done? And my jacket- I felt 10 pounds of water in it. The rain also slipped on my pants into my waterproof shoes. Simply a pleasure! But there is a magic of the landscape you can only see when the horizon is gray and the clouds flock above the hills.